In today’s health landscape, over 80% of chronic conditions that people suffer from are preventable. This is a fact that brings both hope and frustration. Hope because we have the power to choose not to have chronic disease in your future. Frustrating, because so many people go down that road anyway!
When I worked in the hospital setting, and especially the Operating Room, I daily saw patients undergo extreme treatments for conditions that they would not have had to undergo if they had just developed some different habits that supported their health. I saw everything from cancer surgeries to amputations to removal of organs. These can be devastating to people! And the frustrating part was knowing that this all could have been avoided. I have heard it said that the pain of discipline is less painful than the pain of regret. I witnessed the heavy pain of regret daily in that hospital.
Unfortunately, many of our modern advances have also come with their problems. We have easy access to information and entertainment through our computer devices and the internet, but this means more time being sedentary, both at work and in our leisure time, instead of being active, and our bodies are designed to be active. We also have easy access to all kinds of “food” in our grocery stores, but much of it is processed so thoroughly that it no longer contains the plethora of nutrients that we should be gaining from our food. Even our fruits and veggies and meat are not as nutritious as they once were, due to farming and distribution practices that deplete nutrients and load our food supply with toxic chemicals.
Because of these things, you may already be on the road to chronic disease and not even know it yet! These things usually take years to develop and you may not be having symptoms yet. If you don’t currently feel vibrant, energetic, focused, and well as your body was designed to be, then you may already be on your way to trouble. Don’t wait to take control of your health until it is too late!
So what does it take in our world today to stay healthy for a lifetime? Well, here are a few steps to start taking control of your health:
- Eat whole foods and avoid processed foods. Just like your car needs the correct fuel to run and not break down, your body needs the right fuel for it’s hundreds of metabolic processes to take place. God designed whole foods to supply the many needs of your body. Man’s “foods” do not. What are man’s foods? Most things that come in a can or a package and you cannot find in nature.
- Limit your exposure to toxic chemicals. Educate yourself on what toxins are in your food, water, and environment. You’d be surprised at where some of this toxic stuff shows up!
- Get and stay active. Your body was designed to move, so if you have a sedentary job, make plans to get your body moving. This doesn’t have to be a formal exercise routine. It can be gardening, sports, walking, hiking, swimming, etc. Pick something to do that you will enjoy. Research shows that we need at least 30 minutes or moderate activity daily, at least 5 days per week, just to maintain our health.
- Take whole food supplements if needed. And just about everyone needs some! Evaluate your diet to see what nutrients you may be missing, or take a whole food multivitamin. Not all supplements are created equal, and taking some synthetic or single nutrient supplements can unbalance your system, so choose supplements that come from whole food sources.
Why go down that road to chronic illness if you don’t have to? My mission is to help you take control of your health. I would be honored to be your partner on the road to becoming the healthiest YOU that you can be, so you can fulfill your God-given mission and purposes in life, unhindered by chronic illness and disease. I have many resources for you on this website, and if you have questions, feel free to click on over to my facebook page and ask!
To your health,